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Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week UFC President Dana White dropped the news that Ronda Rousey will not be fighting at UFC 205 when the UFC makes its long-awaited return to New York City in November. Ronda’s future in the UFC—When will she return? Will she return at all? Does she still want to be a fighter?—has been up in the air ever since she lost her bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, but despite swirling rumors to the contrary, White made it clear that the mystery surrounding Rousey’s continued life as a fighter will not be solved at Madison Square Garden on November 12.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”
The question becomes then, who will be part of the card for the New York event, an event whose cultural significance—unlike, say, UFC 100, whose meaning was largely chimerical, an illusion built on civilization’s fascination with round numbers—is profound? After all, New York City is the former fight capital of the world, Madison Square Garden is the site of many of the most significant boxing matches of all time (Ali/Frazier I and II, Joe Louis vs. Rocky Marciano, Jake LaMotta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson), and New York was the last bastion of state-sponsored MMA blindness in the country. An occasion such as the long-awaited and triumphant return of MMA to New York after 20 years wandering in the darkness demands all the fanfare and star power a fight promotion can muster. Unfortunately this week’s news that Ronda Rousey, arguably the biggest star MMA has ever known, will not be bringing her power to the MSG fights is just the latest in a series of unfortunate turns that will ….View full article